Meet Magic Mike, the bull

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

JUST like his name­sake, Magic Mike did not dis­ap­point his au­di­ence.

The stylish 13-month-old bull won his class at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show, then went on to be the sec­ond-top priced bull sold at the show sale.

The Tasmanian bred an­gus bull trav­elled by road and sea from Hea­zle­wood fam­ily’s Plat­inum An­gus Stud at Mount Di­rec­tion, which is si­t­u­ated about 20 min­utes’ drive from Launceston, to com­pete against the best stud stock in Aus­tralia.

Named af­ter the lead char­ac­ter from the film Magic Mike, which was played by Hol­ly­wood star Chan­ning Ta­tum, the an­gus ver­sion of Magic Mike was al­ready poised to turn heads.

His now for­mer owner Daryl Hea­zle­wood said he was rapt with the young bull’s per­for­mance.

“He sold for $11,500,” he said.

“So we are very happy, I was hop­ing he might make $10,000 so he sold bet­ter than I ex­pected.”

Due to school com­mit­ments, Daryl’s wife Kate and kids Tom, 10, and Olivia, 9, could not make the trip to Syd­ney.

“Tom and Olivia taught him how to lead and to them he is re­ally more like a big dog than a bull,” he said.

Magic Mike’s jour­ney to Syd­ney in­cluded shar­ing a truck and ferry ride with thor­ough­bred horses from Tas­ma­nia to Mel­bourne be­fore head­ing to Goul­bourn for a few days’ rest and again hit­ting the road for Syd­ney.

“Tasmanian horse trans­port re­ally looked af­ter him,” Daryl said. “He only lost 10 ki­los in the trip … he walked off the truck look­ing full and happy.”

Daryl has worked at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show in the past, but this was the first time he brought his own stock across the Tas­man.

Magic Mike’s eye ap­peal and tem­per­a­ment prompted him to com­mit to com­pet­ing at Syd­ney’s show.

“I had showed his mother in Tassie and she won se­nior in­ter­breed cow at a cou­ple of Roy­als and since he was al­ready bro­ken in and was a pretty handy calf… and the judges had given some good com­ments about him, we thought we should see how he goes in the big smoke,” he said.

“He is one of the best bulls I’ve ever bred.

“To start with he is re­ally quiet, so that makes it easy. He has a good sire head on him and for his age he is very thick and mus­cly – he walks well too.”

Daryl only knows a hand­ful of other Tasmanian breeders who have trav­elled to the show with stock, but he said he would def­i­nitely come back.

“Syd­ney is one of the premier shows in Aus­tralia, so to com­pete here and to win a class, it’s great ex­po­sure for the stud,” he said.

Pick­ing Magic Mike’s name was a sim­ple de­ci­sion for Hea­zle­wood fam­ily: “I just thought it was a good name for a good-look­ing bull.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STUD BULL: Dar­ryl Hea­zle­wood, from Plat­inum An­gus Stud, is thrilled how his bull Magic Mike per­formed at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

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